Idaho Skin Institute
Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Chubbuck, Burley, Rexburg & Twin Falls, ID
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and requires expert treatment to minimize and manage. At Idaho Skin Institute, in Chubbuck, Rexburg, Twin Falls and Burley, Idaho, trust the expert dermatologists to provide you with the latest in acne care so you can enjoy clearer, blemish-free skin. Call today or book a consultation online if you suffer from acne that makes you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Telehealth appointments are available.
Acne Q & A
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when your hair follicles get blocked with dead skin cells, sebum (a natural oil your body produces), and environmental substances, such as makeup. Your pores clog as a result forming whiteheads and blackheads. Sometimes bacteria become involved creating pustules.
Acne commonly appears in areas with a lot of oil glands, such as the face, forehead, shoulders, and upper back.
Who develops acne?
Teens often develop acne due to increased production of androgens, hormones that cause sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Adult women often experience flare-ups of acne about one week prior to their menstrual cycle and during other hormonal changes.
Acne flare-ups can also be aggravated by:
- Certain medications, including corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium
- Diet, especially skim milk and carbohydrate-rich foods
If you’re an older adult with a sudden onset of severe acne, it could signal an underlying health condition that requires medical attention.
Idaho Skin Institute diagnoses and treats all forms of acne, so do not hesitate to schedule a visit at the first sign.
How is acne treated?
Acne is extremely persistent and can be tricky to treat. Don’t just let it run its course, however, as you may experience scarring and decreased self-esteem.
The earlier you start to treat acne, the better chance you have of avoiding scarring. At-home interventions, such as regular face washing, and the use of over-the-counter products can control mild acne. But if you have persistent acne, pursue an evaluation and treatment at Idaho Skin Institute.
The dermatologists can prescribe prescription topical and oral medications to help control acne, including:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Anti-inflammatory medications
Adult women who experience acne during their period may benefit from birth control pills to control their hormones. After a thorough evaluation of your skin, your dermatologist can customize a treatment plan for you. They base therapies on your skin’s sensitivity, the severity of your acne, and your lifestyle.
Your plan may also include chemical peels, HydraFacial®, or microneedling. You may also benefit from laser-based treatments to minimize the appearance of acne scars.
If you’re bothered by persistent acne, contact the expert dermatological team at Idaho Skin Institute. Call to set up a consultation or book online.